Last October a YouTube video featuring nine-year-old singer Amira Willighagen went viral to the tune of 13 million hits. Huff Post reported at the time that a young 9-year old girl, with the voice of an angel, stepped onto the stage of a Eurpoean televsion show, Holland's Got Talent. and opened her mouth.
Out of her mouth came a bit of heaven. Actually, a lot of heaven.
The judges on the show were certainly not expecting a big, powerful and beautiful voice to come from such a very little girl, as judging from their immediate reactions.
On Saturday evening with a moving performance of Puccini's "Nessun Dorma," Amira Willighagen won first place on Holland's Got Talent, winning a trophy and the grand prize: A performance in Las Vegas.
Dance troupe Reality won second place, while third place went to 80-year-old Grandpa Piet.
Amira sang "Nessun Dorma," the emotional aria from Puccini's opera Turandot, with a choir backing her up, while her many supporters in the audience cheered and waved signs.
Amira was the favorite to win it all from the first time she was heard. Last week, she nailed it when she sang "Ave Maria" in the semi-finals, and the video of that performance has since also gone viral with nearly 400,000 hits.
"Are you really nine years old?" judge Chantal Janzen asked.
"This is incredible."
Amira, from Nijmegen, then went on to explain that she did not attend singing lessons and was in fact self-taught.
She said to the judges, "My brother Vincent plays violin, and I also wanted to do something . . . So I thought, I'm going to sing … and then I heard opera songs, which I found very beautiful and that's when I started singing," HLNBE reports.
Many have likened her to the pure voice of American-born, Greek opera legend Maria Callas, whom at least some seem, think she may have been in a past life.
Many observers have compared Amira with Jackie Evancho, 13, who became a celebrity after her appearances on America's Got Talent.
Miss Evancho, herself, is well known for her performance of the aria "Nessun Dorma."
Amira Willighagen has an incredible future ahead of her and seems to be handling her newfound fame well.
The Holland jury was effusively unanimous in their praise for Amira. Juror Gordon Heuckeroth said. "Tonight, the Netherlands has become one world star richer."
Another juror, Dan Karaty, told her, "It's a gift you have, and I think we all are looking forward to watching you grow with that gift and see how far it can go, because you're just positively spectacular up there. That's all I can say."
That is a mouthful indeed.
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